AUMB 2015 Student Leaders

Drum Majors

Jake Finn

Jake Finn (Head Drum Major) - Email

War Eagle! My name is Jake Finn, and I am honored to return for my second season as an AUMB Drum Major and my first season as Head Drum Major.

I graduated from Montevallo High School in 2008 and transferred to Auburn from the University of Montevallo (where I studied music education) in the Fall of 2011.  I am now a Senior studying Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Tribology.  This will be my fifth year in the AUMB and fourth year on the leadership team, including two previous years as tuba section leader.  I have served 6 years in the army reserves, stationed in Birmingham, Al with the 313th Army Band. I have also played bass trombone and euphonium with the Auburn Symphonic winds for three years and tuba and trombone with the Dean’s Brass Quintet for three years.

Through all of my experiences in both school and band, I have found that one of the most important qualities of a successful program is ‘family.’   The transition from high school to college can be rough, but with the help of your colleagues, you can do anything!  I strongly believe in the spirit of the AUMB, and that every bit of hard work that you put into this program will be reciprocated back to you.  The AUMB promotes responsibility, integrity, passion, hard work, and leadership.  Not only will you take these qualities with you as you move on to new stages in your life, but you will also gain a new network of friends that is stronger than any other you may have experienced.  I hope that you consider joining the AUMB family, and if you have any questions concerning your future at Auburn University please feel free to shoot me an email!

Jonathan Corona

Jonathan Corona - Email

War Eagle! My name is Jonathan Corona, and I am honored to serve as a drum major for the 2015 Auburn University Marching Band. I am a senior from Rome, Georgia pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Environmental Design and my Masters Degree in Community Planning with a concentration in transportation. I’ve previously served as a proud member of the trombone section for the past 2 seasons.

In addition to being a part of the AUMB, I have participated in the Auburn Jazz Ensemble, served as an Assistant Director for Freshman Leadership Programs, an SOS Transfer Student Orientation Leader, the President of Auburn Mentoring Program, and a National Officer for Silver Wings. All of these experiences, as well as many others, have allowed me to discover my passion for leadership, character-building, and teamwork. 

I didn’t begin my marching band career until my sophomore year, so I found several opportunities to engage myself on campus throughout my freshman year. However, joining the AUMB was absolutely the best decision I’ve made since choosing Auburn as my home. Being a part of an organization that exemplifies the qualities of Auburn men and women has challenged me to develop not only my music and marching skills, but also my character, and I cannot wait to start another great season! I look forward to seeing all of you at preseason camp! If you have any questions about the marching band or Auburn in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me via e-mail or find me on Facebook. War Eagle!

Hannah-Rose Duraski

Hannah-Rose Duraski - Email

War Eagle! My name is Hannah Rose Duraski and I am honored to be serving as one of your Drum Majors for the 2015-2016 season! I am from Auburn, AL and I graduated from Auburn High School in 2013. I am headed into my Junior year majoring in Music Education. Outside of marching clarinet for the past two year, I have participated in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Chamber Choir. I am also a sister of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Service Sorority, and a proud member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, the National Band Association, Music Teachers National Association, and NAfME. 

Being a part of the AUMB is an experience like no other. From the first step-off at Preseason Camp to jogging out of the tunnel, you know that you are a part of something bigger than yourself. Not only do we represent Auburn University, but we represent a family. I am so excited that you have chosen to become a part of ours! 

I am happy to answer any of the questions you have about the AUMB, Auburn, or just anything in general! Feel free to contact me via Facebook or Email. I can’t wait to see all of you at Preseason Camp! Welcome to our family and War Eagle! 

Erika Sieber

Erika Sieber - Email

War Eagle everyone!! My name is Erika Sieber and I’m so honored to be serving as one of your drum majors for the 2015-2016 season. I’m heading into my senior year at Auburn majoring in Biomedical Sciences Pre-Pharmacy with a minor in German. This upcoming season will be my fourth with the Auburn University Marching Band after spending my three previous seasons as a member of the mellophone section. 

I am from Marietta, Georgia, but moved to Ormond Beach, Florida a little over a year ago. I graduated from Marietta High School in 2012, where I served as a drum major for one year. Besides participating in the AUMB during my time here, I have also performed in the Auburn University Pep Band, Concert Band, and Campus Band. I am also a proud member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Fraternity for College Bandmembers.

Being a part of the Auburn University Marching Band has been the best experience of my life. The AUMB is an organization of 380 hard-working and dedicated students that love Auburn just as much as you do. Not only do you get to perform every Saturday for the Auburn Family with your best friends in Jordan-Hare Stadium, you will have experiences that you can take with you for a lifetime. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to send me an email or find me on Facebook! I cannot wait to meet all of you at preseason camp and War Eagle!!


R.A.T. Leaders

Hannah Clap

Hannah Clapp - Email

War Eagle! My name is Hannah Clapp, and I am honored to be serving as one of the RAT leaders for the 2015-2016 season! I am heading into my senior year at Auburn majoring in Political Science, and this upcoming year will be my third year with the drumline. 

Coming to Auburn has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Although going off to college can seem scary and exciting at the same time, the AUMB has been a literal home away from home.  I have met some of my very best friends through this organization all while representing the school that I love. 

I look forward to meeting each and every one of you at our preseason camp! Please don’t hesitate to email me or find me on Facebook if you have any questions. I promise you that my time in the AUMB and my job at the Foy Information Desk has prepared me well to answer any questions that you may have about our program or the university in general.  I cannot wait to see you all in August, and once again, WAR EAGLE!  

Ashley GarnerAshley Garner - Email

Hello Everyone! My name is Ashley Garner, and I am so very excited about serving as one of your R.A.T. Leaders for the 2015 season!  I am a junior in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Birmingham, AL, where I graduated from Hoover High School in 2013.  This season will be my third on the Auburn University Majorette Line.  I am also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.

I am constantly thankful that I decided to audition to be a part of the AUMB my freshmen year.  Through this program, I have met some of my absolute best friends who have become my support system and my family.  I am absolutely honored and privileged to be able to serve and help lead an organization that has given me so much. 

Ultimately, I just really love Auburn, the AUMB, and all of you guys!  I cannot wait to meet and get to know every one of you at Preseason Camp in August!  I can promise you that being a part of this program is something completely worthwhile.  Until Preseason Camp, if you have any questions about anything, feel free to email me or find me on Facebook.  War Eagle!

Robert BootheRobert Boothe - Email

War Eagle! My name is Robert Boothe and I am so excited to serve as a R.A.T. Leader for the 2015 season! I am a junior majoring in Biochemistry, Pre-Medicine and this will be my third year marching as a member of the Trumpet section. I'm also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity. I am originally from Huntsville, AL, where I graduated from Virgil I. Grissom High School in 2013. 

Joining the AUMB my freshman year was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have gained so many close friends through the AUMB, and have also made some of the best memories of my life these past two years. The AUMB embodies everything that is Auburn: spirit, tradition, and family. It is such a privilege and an honor to be a part of an organization that represents such an amazing university.

I can't wait to meet every single one of you this August at Preseason camp! I can promise you that coming to Auburn and deciding to join the Family will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. Until then, feel free to email me any of your questions or find me on Facebook. War Eagle!

Elijah ClarkElijah Clark - Email

WAR EAGLE!

I’m Elijah Clark and I am honored to serve as one of the R.A.T. Leaders for the 2015 Auburn University Marching Band! I’m a Senior in Music Education and play in the tuba section. 

I graduated from Eastside High School in Covington, Georgia in 2012. I was not raised an Auburn fan but once I came to the Plains I was sold! Since coming to Auburn I have been a brother of Phi Mu Alpha, and have served as an officer in the National Band Association. I perform in a number of different ensembles including pep band, symphonic band, and orchestra. 

Auburn is truly the greatest place in the world and coming to school here is one of the best experiences you will ever have. Audition for the Auburn University Marching Being a memeber of the AUMB is worth every minute spent working to be a part of one of the oldest and famous organizations on campus. I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you, make sure you fill out your Membership Intent Form, and never hesitate to ask me or anyone on leadership any questions, whether it be through email or Facebook or what have you!

 

Section Leaders

Katie FreemonKatie Freemon (Piccolo) - Email

War Eagle! My name is Katie Freemon and I’m excited to serve as one of the piccolo section leaders this season! I’m from Harvest, Alabama and I graduated from Sparkman High School in 2013. This fall I will be a junior studying Exercise Science for physical therapy. This will be my third season with the AUMB and I can’t wait for every (0:01) second! In addition to marching band I’m a member of the Auburn University Concert Band. I’m a Sister of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Service Sorority and I am also a member of a Panhellenic sorority at Auburn. Auburn has so much to offer and we can’t wait to share our experiences with you! If you have any questions please feel free to email me or find me on Facebook!

Ashley SmithAshley Smith (Piccolo) - Email

Hey there! My name is Ashley Smith and I'll be one of this upcoming season's Piccolo Section Leaders! I graduated from Enterprise High School in 2013 and I'll be a junior this upcoming year studying Organismal Biology, Pre-vet. I am a Sister of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Service Sorority and have played with both Auburn's campus and concert bands. This will be my third year marching with the AUMB and I can't wait to see what this season has in store! This organization has given me so many fantastic memories and experiences and I look forward to sharing them with all of you! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to find me on Facebook or shoot me an e-mail, I'm happy to help! Can't wait to see you all at Preseason camp and War Eagle!

Christy KimbroughChristy Kimbrough (Clarinet) - Email

Hey everybody! My name is Christy Kimbrough and I am a senior majoring in Business Management. I am from Trussville, AL and graduated from Hewitt-Trussville High School. This will be my fourth year as a member of the AUMB and my first as one of the clarinet section leaders. In addition to the AUMB, I have also participated in the Auburn University Concert and Campus bands. Being a member of the AUMB has added so much to my college experience, providing me with memories and friendships that I wouldn’t trade for anything! I’m so glad that you have decided to audition for this wonderful organization and I can’t wait to meet you at Preseason Camp! If you have any questions, feel free to email me or find me on Facebook. War Eagle!

Meghan MillerMeghan Miller (Clarinet) - Email

Hey guys! My name is Meghan Miller, and I'm a senior in Music Education. I'm from Athens, Alabama, where I graduated from Athens High School in 2012. I'm very excited to get to serve as one of your Clarinet Section Leaders for the 2015 season! Besides being in the AUMB, I am a member of the Symphonic Band, I serve as a Music Ambassador for the Department of Music, I am the treasurer of the National Band Association, and I am a Sister and the secretary of Tau Beta Sigma, the National Honorary Band Service Sorority. Being in the AUMB has been one of greatest decisions I've made. It's taught me so many valuable lessons that can be applied to every aspect of my life. Feel free to email me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns! I can't wait to meet y'all at Preseason Camp! War Eagle!!

Rachel BushRachel Bush (Alto Saxophone) - Email

War Eagle, y'all! My name is Rachel Bush and I am beyond excited and honored to be one of the Alto Saxophone Section Leaders this season! I hail from a small town near Birmingham, Alabama where I graduated from Corner High School in 2012. I am a senior majoring in Exercise Science with hopes of attending Physical Therapy School after I graduate in May. I am in the Auburn University Concert Band as well as a member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Service Sorority. Being in the AUMB has been a dream of mine since I started attending Auburn football games when I was two years old! It is all I could ever imagine providing me with countless memories, opportunities, and a family away from home to experience it all with me. I am so excited you have considered being a part of this amazing organization and I can't wait to meet you all during Preseason Camp! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me! Welcome to Auburn and War Eagle!

Sam JacksonSam Jackson (Alto Saxophone) - Email

War Eagle!

My name is Sam Jackson.  I am a senior majoring in journalism with a minor in political science from Sylacauga, Alabama.  This will be my fourth year in the AUMB, and this will also be my first year serving as an Alto Saxophone section leader.  Besides my involvement with the AUMB, I am also currently the vice president of Auburn’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, a senior advertising account executive for The Auburn Plainsman, and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society.  The AUMB has been responsible for many of my fondest college memories so far, and I am thrilled you are interested in being part of it!  For incoming freshmen, the AUMB is a great way to begin the school year comfortable with Auburn’s campus and with a support system of new friends.  There’s nothing quite like the experiences you’ll make in this organization.  If you have any questions about band or just college life in general, please do not hesitate to Facebook me or send me an e-mail.  I can’t wait to meet you all at preseason camp!  War Eagle!

Matthew WadeMatthew Wade (Tenor Saxophone) - Email

Hello everybody! My name is Matthew Wade and I am the tenor saxophone section leader for the 2015 AUMB. I am from Madison, AL and am a senior in Electrical Engineering. This is my fourth year in the AUMB and my second as a section leader. I am a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Fraternity for College Bandmembers, and have also participated in the Auburn University Concert and Symphonic Band. Joining the band here at Auburn is the best decision I have ever made. The memories you will make in this program will be unforgettable and I have met some of my best friends in the AUMB! There’s nothing like performing in front of 87,000 people at Jordan-Hare Stadium! I am super excited for next season and so glad that you’ve decided to join the band! If you have any questions about anything feel free to e-mail me! War Eagle!

Erik ChurchErik Church (Trumpet) - Email

War Eagle everyone!  My name is Erik Church and I have the honor to serve as one of the Trumpet Section Leaders for the 2015-2016 season.  I am a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering from Collierville, Tennessee where I graduated from Collierville High School in 2012.  In addition to the AUMB, I perform in Auburn’s Campus Band during the spring semester.  I am also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Fraternity for College Bandmembers.  Furthermore, I am involved in various engineering organizations on campus such as Tau Beta Pi and AIChE.  I am very excited to work with all of you as football season approaches.  Coming from a small town in Tennessee, joining the AUMB was initially intimidating considering the sheer size and level of performance it offers.  Looking back, I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I’ve made here.  If any of you have any questions about the AUMB, Auburn, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to email me or add me on Facebook.  And one more time, WAR EAGLE!

Ben ElganBen Elgan (Trumpet) - Email

Hey everyone, and War Eagle! My name is Ben Elgan, and I am a Senior in Trumpet Performance here on The Plains. I am from Madison, Alabama and I graduated class of 2011 from Bob Jones High School. Aside from the AUMB, I also perform in the Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, as well as various small ensembles throughout the year. I am excited to be your section leader for the 2015 season, and if you have any questions about what it’s like being a member of the AUMB or a student at Auburn, you are more than welcome to send me an email. Welcome to the Auburn Family!

Ryan LeQuierRyan LeQuier (Trumpet) - Email

War Eagle! My name is Ryan LeQuier and I am excited to be returning as one of your Trumpet Section Leaders for the 2015-16 season. I am from Alpharetta, GA; where I graduated from Alpharetta High School in 2012. This will be my fourth year with the Auburn University Marching Band and my second as trumpet section leader. Here at Auburn, I am majoring in Music Education. Besides the AUMB, I enjoy being a part of the Basketball Pep Band, Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, and the Auburn Community Orchestra. I am also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Fraternity for College Band Members. I am really looking forward to working with all of you this year, and am excited for another amazing season of Auburn Tiger Football! If you have any questions about the AUMB or Auburn in general, please feel free to add me on Facebook or email me.

Emily RugglesEmily Ruggles (Horn) - Email

War Eagle! My Name is Emily Ruggles and I am excited to serve as one of the Mellophone section leaders for the 2015-2016 season. I am senior from Alpharetta, GA, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Non-Profit & Philanthropy Studies. This is my fourth year in the AUMB and my first as section leader. Besides participating in the AUMB, I have been able to take part in concert ensembles, Basketball Pep Band, Camp War Eagle and a Freshman Leadership Program. I have made many friends through band, and I consider the AUMB to be one of the highlights of my career here at Auburn. It gave me an instant family in Auburn, making me feel welcomed and involved. You’ll soon find out that I love all things Auburn- especially Aubie and Toomer’s lemonade. If you have any questions feel free to email me!

Brian StahlBrian Stahl (Horn) - Email

Hi and War Eagle! My name is Brian Stahl, and I will be one of the mellophone section leaders this year. I’m from Birmingham, Alabama, and I’m junior majoring in Chemistry/Pre-med with a minor in Spanish. This will be my third year with the AUMB, and my first as section leader. I am very excited to have this opportunity, as the AUMB has been central to my great experience at Auburn. Joining this group of dedicated and determined individuals is the best decision I have made at Auburn. When I’m not marching or playing an instrument, I enjoy hiking, sports, and just being outside. Carl Lawson is my favorite football player. I look forward to meeting everyone; feel free to find me on Facebook or email me if you have any questions.

Sommer BranningSommer Branning (Trombone) - Email

War Eagle! My name is Sommer Branning, and I am one of the Trombone Section Leaders for the 2015-2016 season! I am from Prattville, Alabama, and graduated from Prattville High School in 2012. I am a senior studying Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Spanish, and have a passion for music that has kept me involved in the AUMB for the past three years. One of the organizations I'm most involved in here at Auburn is Kappa Kappa Psi, a band service fraternity that works to promote the Auburn bands. Being a part of the Auburn University Marching Band is not only an honor, but is so rewarding;

from Saturdays in Jordan-Hare to traveling to the National Championship, and all the memories in-between, the AUMB family is a huge blessing. I look forward to meeting you all at pre-season camp, and will always be available via e-mail if you have any questions.

JT EdmonsonJT Edmonson (Trombone) - Email

War Eagle! My name is JT Edmonson and it is my privilege to serve as one of the Trombone Section Leaders for the 2015 football season! I am from Hueytown, Alabama, and am a senior in Chemical Engineering. I am also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, AU Cappella, and the Auburn University Chamber Choir. I am a HUGE fan of sports, which is one reason I joined the marching band. But the rewards have been far greater than I expected!  Playing many fun tunes, performing in front of 87,000 screaming fans, traveling to different parts of the country, crying to the "miracles" of football, the list goes on. The best part of the AUMB is getting to hang out with some of your best friends every day. I can't wait to hang out with you!

Greg BrownGreg Brown (Baritone) - Email

Hey guys! My name is Greg Brown and I am the baritone section leader for the 2015 season. I am from Madison, AL where I graduated from Bob Jones High School in 2012. I'm a senior studying aerospace engineering. This will be my fourth and final year in the AUMB. In addition to marching band, I have also been a member of the concert band and the campus band here at Auburn. I'm also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Fraternity for College Band members. Auditioning for the AUMB was one of the best decisions I've made. Some of my favorite memories were made in the AUMB and I met some of my best friends there as well. Being in the AUMB is an incredible opportunity and I hope that you enjoy your time in it as much as I have! I'm super pumped for this season and can't wait to meet all of you at preseason camp! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me and I will do my best to answer. War Eagle!

Emily-Anne RouseEmily-Anne Rouse (Tuba) - Email

War Eagle! My name is Emily-Anne Rouse and I am honored and excited to serve as one of this year’s AUMB Tuba Section Leaders! I am an upcoming sophomore from Auburn, Alabama studying Music Education. Most days you can find me around Goodwin Hall practicing, studying, or working in the band library. Other than the AUMB, I play tuba in the Basketball Pep Band, Concert Band, and Low Brass Ensemble. I am also an active member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Service Sorority. 

The AUMB has become a family to me and I am so thankful to be a part of such a talented and dedicated group of students. My favorite part of any game day is singing the Alma Mater with my wonderful band family, but no feeling compares to the rush you get when jogging out of the tunnel into Jordan Hare Stadium! If you have any questions or concerns about band or Auburn in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me through email or Facebook. I cannot wait to meet each of you and welcome you to the loveliest village on the plains!!

J. SeymourJ. Seymour (Tuba) - Email

Hello, my name is J. Seymour. I’m so excited to serve as one of the tuba section leaders for the 2015 AUMB! I am from Fayette, AL and I am a junior double majoring in tuba performance and business. This is my first year to serve as section leader but my third year as a member of the AUMB. The marching band is one of the many performing ensembles I am involved in. I also play tuba in the Dean’s Brass Quintet, Symphonic Winds, Tuba/Euphonium ensemble, and basketball Pep Band. As you can probably guess, I really love music and playing tuba! I can’t wait to get the marching season started and I know it will be a great year. I want to help out in any way I can, so if you have questions about anything, please shoot me an email. I can’t wait to meet you at A-Day or Preseason Camp. War Eagle!

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